Welcome to Inside Out Therapy

People start to heal the moment they feel heard

About Me

I started my working life in London, managing a Day Centre for the homeless. After 5 years of doing this work I realised that I wanted to consolidate all that I had learnt and experienced and so decided to begin my journey towards becoming a qualified counsellor.

My qualifications to date include:

Certificate in Counselling

Diploma in Person Centred Counselling

First Class BA Hons in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy

Equine Assisted Growth & Learning Association (EAGALA) Part 1 and 2 Training

Athena Herd Level 2 Certificate in Equine Facilitated Learning

Diploma in Animal Assisted Interventions

As a therapist I have worked in numerous settings including the NHS (Drug & Alcohol Team), Equine Assisted Therapy Practice, Private Practice, Sheltered Accommodation for Vulnerable Adults and more recently in an Alternative Education Provision working with neurodiverse young people and those who have experienced developmental trauma. I have a particular passion for supporting the parents and carers of children/young people who have experienced trauma and 'Trauma Informed Principles' underpin my whole practice.

Mary Taylor, counsellor
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I am an Integrative Therapist and the foundations of my practise are person-centred. I believe that the relationship between the therapist and the client is of utmost importance. I endeavour to create a safe and non-judgmental environment where, in time, you will feel able to express your feelings and thoughts without fear of being criticised or judged.

My role is to provide you with empathy, acceptance and a genuine and authentic relationship. My hope is that you are able to develop greater self-awareness, self-acceptance, and self-esteem. This can lead to positive changes in your behaviour, relationships, and overall well-being.

I appreciate that traditional 'talking therapy' does not work for everyone. With this in mind, I am also able to offer Equine Assisted Therapy, Animal Assisted Therapy and Walk and Talk Therapy.

I work with a range of issues such as ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyper Activity Disorder) ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorders), Trauma and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), Bereavement, Health related issues, anxiety, depression, abuse, addictions, anger, child related issues, relationships, and personal growth.

Animal Assisted Therapy

Using Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) is considered beneficial since animals have a natural tendency to create a bond with people. This approach often helps therapists overcome some limitations of traditional therapy that relies on talking. The act of stroking an animal has been proven to have physiological and psychological benefits for people who struggle with emotional regulation. Animals live in ‘the moment’ - they are not concerned with yesterday or tomorrow - this can encourage us to practice 'mindfulness'.

Walk and Talk Therapy

Some people may find the thought of face to face counselling indoors, in a relatively confined space, very uncomfortable. So, Walk and Talk Sessions may be a helpful alternative. Nature has the capacity to calm, energise and inspire us. Walk and Talk sessions are based on this belief. Walking with a therapist who is able to listen and help you make sense of your emotional problems, can encourage a new and perhaps less intense experience of therapy.

"Nature does not hurry yet everything is accomplished" - Lao Tzu

Equine Assisted Therapy

No matter our background or experiences we respond to horses. Horses are very receptive and their response will give us useful information about ourselves and the people we are working with. Equine-Assisted Therapy (EAT) provides an honest, reflective, relational context in which clients can identify their behaviours and patterns. Horses are highly attuned and can offer safe reflection and compelling feedback for fears and anxieties – being with a horse can help us understand what is going on inside more readily than hours of talking. Ultimately, the confidence and skills developed during Equine Therapy are transferable to relationships with family and friends. This work is based on the ground with horses and not ridden.

"Throw away the idea that you need to pause your life until you are fully healed, this is a different way of being attached to perfection. Progress happens when you make better decisions in the midst of living. You can simultaneously heal your past while being open to the present."

Yung Pueblo

"You can feel it when a person has overcome serious challenges in life and has transformed into a better version of themselves. Their vibe is striking and their confidence has a special glow."

Yung Pueblo

My location

Inside Out Therapy is based in a lovely village set in the South Downs National Park in North Hampshire (near Alton) - from here I am able to offer 'Room Based Therapy', 'Animal Assisted Therapy' and 'Walk and Talk Therapy'. My 'Equine Assisted Therapy' practice is based in Newton Valence (a small village between Alton and Winchester).

I currently work with adults and young people over the age of 16.

Fees & availability

I offer a 30 minute initial assessment for therapy at a cost of £30 where we can explore what you are hoping to gain out of counselling and whether we feel comfortable working together. The number of sessions people require can vary greatly - I am able to offer short-term and long-term therapy. If we agree to commence counselling, my sessions are 50 minutes and start at £60 for individuals and £80-100 for couples and families. Equine Therapy is £80 for individuals and £100 for couples or families.

Get in touch

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about how therapy works, or to arrange an initial assessment appointment. This enables us to discuss the reasons you are thinking of coming to therapy, whether it could be helpful for you and whether I am the right therapist to help.

You can also call me on 07956412504 if you would prefer to leave a message or speak to me first. I am happy to discuss any queries or questions you may have prior to arranging an initial appointment.

All enquires are usually answered within 24 hours, and all contact is strictly confidential and uses secure phone and email services.

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